In spite of the Florida humidity, how cool is this - it’s only May and Dolphins fans are already excited for the season to begin. And rookie DeVante Parker has a lot to do with that.
In what shouldn’t really be seen as anything new, Parker had a great practice session today during OTAs, and according to several sources, caught every catchable ball thrown his way, including a few contested balls in tight coverage. Note I said ‘catchable’, as a few of Ryan Tannehill’s passes were nowhere near their mark, likely a miscommunication between the QB and WR on the route. Nothing to worry about at this point, as that’s what practice is for, to iron out the details.
On one pass, Parker was unable to gain separation while being covered by cornerback Brent Grimes, but Tannehill threw the pass in his direction anyway, and Parker went up and caught it at the high point. On another play Grimes was called for pass interference, but Parker pulled back and caught the pass anyway. Plays like this are sure to excite the fan base, but remember it’s only May, the players are without pads, and according to a few reports, Grimes appeared to be a step slow on his breaks. But there is no doubt that Parker is exciting to watch, and we can’t wait to see him with the pads on.
It should also be noted that Parker ran plays from both sides of the formation as well as the Y receiver (slot position), something fans should get used to, as head coach Joe Philbin is renowned for liking his receivers to be capable of running plays from any position. Jarvis Landry ran plays from both outside spots as well.
Keep your eyes on Parker, as he could well become one of the more popular players to follow this fall.
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter @EJFootball.